Well, this build has been in my head recently. What would be better than a nice 650B all around porteur bikes. Carefully designed by BDB guys where most modern parts will easily fit. AND made in USA with price that not gonna break your bank. I don’t remember how long I had seen the Pelican, 4 years? Somewhere around that I think. I remember seeing Gabe fiddling around with the blue bike at the shop, then Dan got one, and Andy got one, and Gabe Peterson got one before he moved to LA.
I think since I am heading to Thailand or a while, I am going take the Pelican with me. A nice cushy 650B would do me good on the 3rd World Country street, some Pass & Stow rack, or Velo-Orange rack (or Nitto??) to carry my sticky rice, and Honjo fender with rear light with Nitto bottle cages just to flossin it up.
WAH… ok Ian, i saw the Pelican Spec Sheet and I think 52 is perfect for me. I have Durace 7400 grouppo ( Front/Rear derailers, 172.5 Crank set, STI shifters, Italian BB, pedal set) , Nitto 27.2 seat post, Nitto stem and Unicanitor seat, I have a King headset saved in Berkeley.
So I think what I need to get are,
1) Pelican frame-set 52cm.
2) Cantilever brake set
3) 650B wheelset with front dyno
4) Nitto drop bar like one in the picture
5) Set of Honjo fenders with attached rear light.
6) Pass & Stow rack, or Velo-Orange rack.
I think that would do it no? Thanks Ian……2 comments
I managed to get very lucky when my friend, Jeremy, gave me his spot in line for a Zugster bag. Zugster Bags is a one-man show run by Adam Alpern right here out of San Francisco. As to prepare for the Ebisu build, I thought it would be great to have a small bag up front and how conveniently Adam started making these rando bags! They come in various sizes, mini – “Picnic”-sized. I decided to go with the Mini bag because on a day-to-day basis, I don’t really carry much more than a few small tools, a U-lock, wallet, keys, and a phone. Seeing as I’ll be using this bag on a daily basis, I got the size that would suit my lifestyle the best.
I went with the earthy-tones rust, olive and sand with a charcoal grey/black binding and a grey vinyl interior. The bag turned out GREAT with various (optional) 3-D pockets and big enough for a lightweight jacket, lock, and small accessories – it’s everything I hoped for it to be! The Mini size is nice because I don’t have to use a decaleur to support the bag so it’s nice and easy on-off the bike.
Visit Adam’s site at Zugster Bags if you’re interested in getting on the waiting list for one of his many types of bags. I got my bag pretty quickly, but I really lucked out on that part.contribute